$75.5 Million Settlement In Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Vmware, Inc.
The United States Department of Justice and Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP announced today a $75.5 million settlement of claims against VMware, Inc. and Carahsoft Technology Corporation, in a False Claims Act case prosecuted by Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP and the Law Office of Jeffrey F. Ryan on behalf of Relator Dane Smith. VMware is the market leader in “virtualization” technology, and the fifth-largest software company in the world. The action was filed in 2010 by Dane Smith, the former Vice President of Americas Sales for VMware. The settlement represents one of the five largest recoveries against a technology company in the history of the False Claims Act.
The lawsuit alleged that VMware and Carahsoft defrauded the government by furnishing the federal General Services Administration (“GSA”) with inaccurate pricing, inaccurate disclosures, and incomplete information about sales of VMware products to non-governmental customers. As a result, the lawsuit alleged that the government paid higher prices on VMware products and services than comparable private customers.
The $75.5 million settlement was reached after nearly five years of investigation by the Department of Justice, GSA’s Office of Inspector General, and Smith and his attorneys. The settlement was negotiated jointly by attorneys from the United States Department of Justice and Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, while the case remained under seal. The False Claims Act was designed to foster private-public partnerships of this type.
The Third Amended Complaint in the case can be found here.
The settlement agreement can be found here.
A press release regarding the case can be found here.